My REAL Promise To You

Mr Bojangles. THE Tap Dancer!

This first paragraph is going to be me tapdancing and covering all my bases so I don’t hurt anyone’s feelingz. Because I hold feelingz in as high regard as anyone. In fact, My middle names is Feelingz. Bookstooge Feelingz Kickyourassrightnowsosuckitscumbag. (yeah, makes filling out paperwork a real bear!) So, let the tapdancing begin. This post was not written with anyone but myself in mind. I am not applying this to post to anyone but myself. I am not applying this post to other bloggers or trying to tell anyone else how to run their blog. This post is to tell you how I run my blog. Period. Ok, stop the music Vincent, I’m done dancing.

Dr Phibes knows how to have a good time

I went Dotcom in January to get rid of the ads and the damned “native sponsored” posts by WordPress, posts inserted into free wordpress blogs that are just gigantic ads you can’t do anything about. I didn’t want anyone following me to be subjected to seeing such things on my site. So I paid and went to dotcom. Hopefully, now if you ever visit my site you will not see ads of any kind. That is why I went dotcom.

I did not go dotcom to make money in any way, shape or form. I am not a part of WordPress’s Adsense Program. I do not use affiliate links for any products I review. I do not have any sort of donation widget setup. I am not writing this to say that that makes me a “better” blogger than anybody else.

No it isn’t. Which is why I don’t pimp my blog

I blog because I have to write but I do not want to be an author. I’ll leave that tortured lifestyle to those that want it. Me, I just want to blab and have some fun with people. So my promise is that you’ll never be used by me to collect money for myself. That is what my job is for.

May ’21 Roundup & Ramblings

Raw Data:

Books – 12

Pages – 2890

Words – 1009.5K

Average Rating – 3.13 Stars

The Bad:

Don’t Care

The Good:

Don’t Care

Movie:

Muppet Show Season 2. This was the light fluffiness that I really needed this month.

Miscellaneous Posts:

Personal:

What a bleeping month. I completely lost my writing mojo. It was so bad that I didn’t even want to comment on anyone’s posts. I simply coasted the whole month and let my past me, who did this month’s writing, bear the burden. So you know how I’m always talking about getting ahead, well, I completely blew that buffer (again). But this is EXACTLY why I do that. I still had posts going up but didn’t get any scheduled for June.

Work sucked the joy from my soul. I was looking forward to this 3day weekend the whole month. Not a good place to be.

And because I was really looking forward to the long weekend, what happens? I get sunburnt and sick. I slept most of Saturday away, didn’t go to church on Sunday and pretty much just recovered. It made reading anything hard to enjoy and forget about eating yummy foods, I was stuck with tea and hot soups. And I was so looking forward to chili cheese dogs too!

Plans for Next Month:

Write. I have the whole month planned out in regards to my book reviews and even the majority of my non-review posts. It’s all going to depend on how I feel. If I feel like writing, then I’ll catch up in no time. If I don’t feel like writing though, June is going to be VERY light on posts.

Alas, Po’ Yo’rick! I’d Knowed Hisself, Ho…

I began reading Henry V and was just not feeling it, I mean, at all! I was trying to figure out what was going on because I haven’t had a “mood” issue for reading for years now. I was poking around and realized that I’ve been reading this Complete Shakespeare collection for 3 years now.

I started this journey with All’s Well That Ends Well in February of ’18 and the latest was Henry IV, Part II last month. I think I am just in need of a break from Shakespeare. It would seem that 3 years is about the longest I can deal with one ongoing “series” before I need a break. Armed with this info, I am going to be putting Ol’ Shakes on ice til ’22 when I will resume this quest to read all of the Bard’s works.

I am keeping this collection on my kindle so I don’t forget about it but am changing it’s name to “Hiatus til 22” so I don’t accidentally start again. I want a real break to recharge my batteries. I am glad this was an easy to figure out problem and I’ll be keeping it in mind for some of the other long running series I am currently going through.

Keep it cool Ol’ Shakes 👉 😎 😎 👈

Currently Reading & Cover Love: Capital Murder

Capital Murder

Ahhhh, another Arcane Casebook story. I’d read these for the covers alone but thankfully Willis tells a good story too. I thought about saving this large version of the cover for my Cover Love section for next month’s Roundup but I couldn’t hold on that long. So here you go! 🙂

Storywise, Capital Murder seems to be chugging right along with all the previous installments.

Project X – H

For all the bionic details about what led to the Creation of Project X, please visit the Intro Post. It’s totally worth six million bionic dollars.

LIKE
Hats

Specifically, I like the drivers cap/flat cap kind of hat. I have two myself, one is a light one for summer and the other is a heavier wool one with pull down earflaps for the winter. Black goes with almost every outfit and the summer version goes perfectly with my bowtie and suspenders ensemble for church.

With my Bald is Beautiful outlook on life, hats are a necessity for me.

DISLIKE
Hell

Hell. It just makes me hurt to know that it has to exist. As a 7th Day Adventist, I don’t believe in the immortality of the soul, which means Hell lasts for you as long as you exist but that eventually you do cease to exist. If I did believe in the immortality of the soul, I’d be much more inclined to think that the Universal Reconciliationists were right just out of despair.

But right or wrong on the nature of hell, I don’t have to worry about it because I’ve believed in Jesus and He’s saved me from that.


And that is it for this week. Stay tuned for our next episode, which should be Interesting!

Currently Reading: Menace of the Monster

Whereas I complained like someone was killing my firstborn about the introduction to each story in Menace of the Machine, here I am finding it non-objectionable. Maybe because they’re shorter and the editor seems to be strictly talking about the history of the story instead of interjecting his political views into it?

Whatever the reason, this is on track as a 4star read. Keeping my fingers crossed this literary train doesn’t get derailed.

[Go-Bag] Jimbo the Desperado!

…. or so he would like the world to think anyway. He wanted an eyepatch but Mr Zip put his foot down and told him no. We don’t do theatrics and cheap tricks on this blog to get attention, no sirree!

The reality is that Jimbo is just a prepper monkey who wants to impress his poo flinging friends. Deep down he knows that nothing he says will change their minds and they will be flinging poo at each other right up until they freeze to death or the grizzly bear eats them. This makes Jimbo very sad and when he’s sad, he mopes. So I asked him what could I get him, in regards to prepper supplies, that might help cheer him up. His response was instantaneous. A hatchet and a straight edge kabar knife. My manipulationometer went off the charts :-/

This is a kabar d2 extreme fighting knife. D2 refers to the steel used. D2 steel has high chromium content, making it harder and longer lasting. It is also more resistant to corrosion than regular steel making it an ideal material for a knife. A good knife is one of the most utilitarian items you can own. All the way from self-defense to simply cutting a rope, a knife’s got you covered Jimbo insisted I buy 2, one for the 3day go-bag and one to use at work to give it a work out. Anything you put in a go-bag you had better have tested beforehand. Jimbo lives by this mantra. Smart monkey.

. The second item Jimbo requested was a hatchet. While a hatchet has a narrower field of focus than a knife, it also allows you to deal with bigger items, like small trees or broken power poles fallen across the road. You can also use it to cut kindling for a fire, use the butt end as a light hammer to setup a tent and as an emergency entry maker (ie, chop through a door to an abandoned house). Because Jimbo’s a hardass with his mantra, I’m going to be using the hatchet over at W.C. Bombfunk’s this summer to split wood. The hatchet has a hollow handle and I’m not sure how that will feel.

Jimbo tells me that every 3day go-bag needs the following:

  • Water
  • Fire
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • The Bag Itself

I’ve got the food aspect covered (all those Survival Saturday posts came in handy!) with whey milk, granola and oatmeal. We’ll see about adding beans and rice. I’ve got the bag and shelter and am working on fire and water. Our plan is to have a bag that will allow us to hike 20 miles to W.C. Bombfunk’s place in case of an emergency. While neither of us are grossly obese, neither do we regularly walk long distances. We’re counting on 2 days for that 20 miles so we don’t end up in pain. I’m hoping to test out various items during the summer and report back for how they work and whether they’re going to go in our go-bag or not. I suspect this will turn into a series of posts like the Survival Saturday series.

Jimbo’s ready to bring his A-Game to this series of posts and really hopes you’ll enjoy them. Mr Zip just rolled his eyes at his naivete and went back to eating his buckets of chicken fingers.

Currently Reading & Quote: The League of Frightened Men

I do read books, but I never yet got any real satisfaction out of one; I always have a feeling there’s nothing alive about it, it’s all dead and gone, what’s the use, you might as well try to enjoy yourself on a picnic in a graveyard.
~ Chapter 1 (Archie Goodwin)

It’s tough to tell if Rex Stout is having fun with his characters and being ironic, or something else. I can’t imagine any other reason, but then, I can’t imagine anyone thinking they can make an actual living from writing books either. A Mystery, in a mystery book no less! (for the record, that was me being ironic)

Project X – G

For all the bionic details about what led to the Creation of Project X, please visit the Intro Post. It’s totally worth six million bionic dollars.

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Granola

I talked about Granola in one of my Survival Saturday posts a couple of years ago. Whether it is long term survival food or just a yummy breakfast option. Granola has you covered. Healthy and nutritious, it has what you need to keep you going for a long work day or hiking to the last bastion of civilization upon the collapse of the world as we know it.

I’ve actually tossed a couple of the granola and whey milk packets into our 3day Go-bag so if the worst ever happens we have several days of food immediately on hand. Granola just keeps you going!

DISLIKE
Gutenberg Editor (Block editor)

Hideously evil, I have never known such a travesty. Changing WordPress from a WYSIWYG platform to a website building platform, thousands of casual bloggers have been tossed out on their ear by Automattic™. No longer is WordPress a bastion for writers, it is now a haunt of the money crazed bastards who want to monetize their sites at your expense.

While I am acclimatized to this new evil, I do not like it one bit. It still makes me Angry just thinking about it.


And that is it for this week. Stay tuned for our next episode, where things are going to REALLY heat up!

The Relationshipping Book Tag

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THE RULES

  1. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  2. Come up with eleven new questions of your own!
  3. Tag 5 new bloggers!
  4. Mention the blogger who tagged you and have fun!!
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QUESTIONS

  • Who was your first book crush?
  • Who was your most recent book crush?
  • What popular ship do you sink?
  • Which unpopular ship do you actually love?
  • Do you have a favorite friends to lovers ship?
  • What ship reminds you of your relationship? Or the relationship you would like to have?
  • What ship was just unnecessary?
  • Imagine your favorite ship 10 years in the future (from when their book ends)… where are they now?
  • Which book do you want to see adapted to TV/Movie? Who would you cast to bring your ship to life?
  • What is a relationship that you wish happened?
  • What character(s) have broken your heart?

I’ll be honest, I chose this one because it was at the top of the 100 tags list and because I thought I could have fun ripping it to shreds. But after reading the questions and the answers on the blog it was listed, I can’t even make fun of it because it is so pathetic.

If it was just 15 year old girls squee’ing about things, I could probably brush it off as “that time of life”. But I’ve seen grown women give this subject “serious thought”. I’ve also seen skinny jean wearing boyz do the same. Grow up, get your gonads in gear, grow some balls. I can’t even turn this into an amusing rant because there is nothing amusing about adults acting like children with no sense of shame or embarrassment.

Sigh. Well, this tag was a complete failure. 99 more to try!